Prepper communes

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 31 18:22:12 UTC 2013

Thanks! That's what I was looking for.


On 1/30/2013 10:54 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
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> On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:20 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>> Has "prepper" been on any recent WOTY list? I have no idea how old the
>> term is. With the explosion of information on "prepper commune" ("The
>> Citadel"), I was wondering if this is a "teabagger" type term that's
>> gone from inept self-description to mocking  -er. It certainly appears
>> that the term has been in use among survivalists for some time:
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> See my Dec. 30 Boston Globe column on prepper lingo:
> I note that "prepper" first emerged in online forums in the runup to Y2K. A
> couple of early examples:
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> 1999 May 22 "aeternum" (Usenet newsgroup) From my
> experience, those preparing for Y2K tend to be, as a group, amongst the most
> independent and self-aware people in our society. ... You could of course say
> that the "preppers" are all lying. I don't think that is true, however.
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> 1999 Nov 29 David Krough _Zone2000.com_ While some feel the Y2K bug has been
> overhyped, Whipple explains that he
tries to keep the site neutral to get
> the most unbiased reporting from the
writers. This ain't the
> Charmin-squeezing Mr. Whipple either. "I'm a 'prepper'," he
explains. "I
> think it has the potential to be a real mess … but more of a
> problem than machines, and the government's reaction to any of it."
> ---
> In the column, I talk about how the term has "gone from inept self-description
> to mocking -er," as you put it.
> --bgz
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